ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – After a controversy that led to the resignation of its president, Cowley College will reinstate its men’s and women’s soccer programs.
The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to continue the programs, as well as retaining the two head coaches. The board also voted to reinstate men’s basketball coach Tommy DeSalme.
Former Cowley president Clark Williams decided in March to eliminate the soccer programs, citing budget problems. He also fired longtime coach DeSalme. Both decisions caused an uproar in Arkansas City, eventually leading to Williams’ resignation in April.
The Arkansas City Traveler reports interim president Tony Crouch said an education bill signed Monday by Gov. Sam Brownback did not include a funding cut the college had anticipated, and the board fully supported reinstating the soccer programs.